The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Bezawit Adane Demisse - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Ethiopia

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Jan Huskens

Where is he now? Agronomist at Dadtco Philafrica, Mozambique

Young Expert at DADTCO - Mozambique

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As a Young AgroFood Expert, I was working for the cassava processing company DADTCO (Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company) in Taraba State, Nigeria. My assignment was to get the laboratory of the company at the processing site up and running.

Part of my activities were to adapt and implement a lab protocol, carry into effect a system of quality control, and train lab staff in the protocols that have been set up. Once these activities had been achieved, I shifted my attention towards the supply chain to ensure farmers deliver a steady supply of cassava to our processing facilities.


Click here for more information about my project.



My background is in agriculture and crop production. I am an analytical thinker and I like to use a systems approach for understanding the world around me better. I like to assess the sustainability of food production in a quantitative way, life-cycle assessment for example, and to work on improvements for the current situation.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc and MSc in Plant Sciences (Wageningen University) with a specialization in Natural Resource Management.


Experience before YEP

For my internship, I spent three months in the rural parts of Eastern Uganda for the N2Africa Project. N2Africa is a large-scale project that works on putting nitrogen fixation to work for farmers growing leguminous crops in Africa. In Kapchorwa district climbing bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is a new crop for most farmers and demonstration fields were set-up by the N2Africa Project in recent years to enhance productivity. Different varieties, fertilizer applications, and staking techniques were being demonstrated. My main objectives were to:

  • Evaluate the current demonstration fields with farmers from different wealth categories and gender. The feedback from the farmers will be used to adapt cultivation methods that fit with the resources available to farmers.
  • Interview farmers on what practices they have adopted from the demonstrations of the previous year. The emphasis was on finding out why farmers decided (not) to use certain aspects of the techniques that were being demonstrated.
  • Explore how the cultivation of this type of bean has spread and continues to spread in this district.

The internship gave me the opportunity to learn more about agricultural practices in the tropics, to work independently abroad and to work with people of different cultures.

YEP Agrofood


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Not yet done!
At the time of writing this update I am in Johannesburg for one final stop before traveling back to the Netherlands. Although the 2 years of the Young Expert Programme are about to end for me soon, I more

Philafrica office

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Training of new lab technician
In the beginning of December, Isidro Vachalima took part in a 10-day training to become our new lab technician/quality controller in Inhambane. As a result of the promotion of our previous quality more

Introduction of lab technician Isidro (left) to the processing site

Monday, November 28, 2016
Field agent selection
After a brief holiday in the Netherlands, I returned to Nampula in the North of Mozambique. Here I joined my Dutch colleague Renske for the selection and training of field agents. In order to more

Field agent selection near Ribaue